Funding News - September 2023


Success stories

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme - Round One Awards
Youth Investment Fund – East Sussex County Council


HVA Finding the Funds Training

Information and Guidance

Buttle Trust – State of Child Poverty Report
Creativity Research Journal - Benefits of Arts Engagement in Older Adults
Department for Culture, Media and Sport - Participation Survey
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero – Community Energy Fund
East Sussex County Council – The State of the County
European Commission and UK Reach Political Agreement on Participation in Horizon Europe and Copernicus
Veterans’ Foundation Temporarily Pauses Applications
Young Entrepreneur Programme


National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme


East Sussex County Council - Community Wellbeing Fund and Crowdfund East Sussex
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF) – Phase II
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Coronation Living Heritage Fund (CLHF)
Department for Education (DfE) - Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Schools
Department of Health and Social Care - Suicide Prevention Grant Fund
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - UK Community Ownership Fund (Round 3 Window 2)
Sussex Digital in Reach Team – Grants for Digital Social Care Records

Trusts and Foundations

Armed Forces Families Fund - Early Years Programme
Asda Foundation - Cost of Living Grant
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Castle Studies Trust
Commonweal Housing - Call for New Ideas focusing on the Criminal Justice System
Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund - Community Food Projects
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
FIFA Foundation Community Programme
Glaziers Trust – Conservation Grants
HDH Wills Charitable Trust
The Hedley Foundation
Heritage Crafts – Endangered Crafts Fund
Ironmongers Company Grants Programme
Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme
KFC Youth Foundation
Linnean Society – Our Local Nature Grant Scheme
Magic Little Grants Fund
Music for All
National Garden Scheme - Community Gardens Grants
Ofenheim Charitable Trust
Ogden Trust - Local School Partnerships
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Annual Teacher Development Fund
Randal Charitable Foundation
Sea-Changers Grant Programme
Southern Water Community Energy Grant
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - Safer in Sussex Community Fund
Tabhair Charitable Trust
Tesco Stronger Starts
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Registered Charities

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Success Stories

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme - Round One Awards

The Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme is aimed at local groups who want to engage communities with the eastern South Downs.  The project area covers communities from Brighton & Hove to Eastbourne and Lewes.    The scheme launched in March 2023 and thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Trust, grants totalling £21,828 have been awarded to six successful groups in the first round of applications, with awards up to £5,000.

Wildwood Heritage, Eastbourne was awarded £5,000.   Through its Tracing the Lost Voices of Beachy Head project, Wildwood Heritage will celebrate Beachy Head’s heritage as an international communications hub. The group will survey, record and map the archaeology and history of the area to explore and share how these communications over the ages impacted the communities who lived on the Downs.

You can read more about Round One’s successful projects on Changing Chalk Community Grant scheme’s website

The next round will open soon. 


Youth Investment Fund – East Sussex County Council

Facilities for young people in Heathfield and Peacehaven will undergo a major upgrade thanks to more than £7 million of Government funding.

The Youth Investment Fund will help East Sussex County Council to provide a range of positive activities and support services for young people after school, in the evenings and at weekends.

As well as helping young people build confidence, it is hoped the services provided with the funding will help to reduce anti-social behaviour in the community.

The funding is part of a £300 million commitment by the Government to transform and level up the out-of-school youth sector in levelling up priority areas.

Proposals for Heathfield Youth Centre include demolition of the existing building and the development of a new two-storey youth centre building. As well as being fully accessible, energy efficient, and future proof, the development will include an external activity hall.

At the Joff in Peacehaven, proposals include remodelling the existing building with a rear extension and a lift at the front of the building to improve accessibility.

With funding secured, the county council is hoping to have the youth centres completed by December 2024.


HVA Finding the Funds Training

This FREE training is aimed for people who are fairly new to fundraising or who are looking for small amounts of money up to £10,000. In this training session we will think about different sources of funding for charities, community groups and social enterprises, and look at how to fill in a funding application form for a small grant. This training is FREE for two representatives of voluntary/community organisations that operate in East Sussex.

There is a choice of two sessions: 

  • Wednesday 27th September 2023, 930am-1230pm (in person in Hastings)
  • Friday 29th September 2023 10am-12noon (online on zoom)

To book a place, visit or phone 01424 444010.

HVA are assessing if there is enough interest to repeat this training one evening – please email if you would prefer an evening training session.

Information and Guidance

Buttle Trust – State of Child Poverty Report

Buttle UK’s fifth annual State of Child Poverty report found that 60% of disadvantaged children and young people were now living in destitution – where the basic physical needs of staying warm, dry, clean and fed are not met - up from 45% the year before, an increase the children’s charity attributes to the rise in the cost of living.

Their survey of more than 1,200 frontline workers supporting more than 200,000 disadvantaged children found that the families of those children cannot afford the basics essential for good health. 57% were unable to afford adequate food, 58 per cent were unable to afford gas and electricity, 49% struggled with housing costs, 63% did not have beds or other basic furniture, and 65% did not have IT equipment for work or education.

Building blocks of health such as food and homes are key to living a healthy life. Without adequate nutrition, children are more likely to experience developmental issues that impact their education, while living in a cold and damp home with little access to warm water can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. These health conditions are more likely to affect children for the rest of their lives and can significantly lower their life expectancy.

Lack of access to these basics has worsened the mental health of children and young people. Buttle’s report finds that 70% of disadvantaged children experienced mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, up almost 20% over the past three years.

Testimonies given as part of the research stated that the rising number of mental health problems coincides with a decrease in mental health support, with many more children going untreated making it more likely that problems continue into adulthood and throughout their lives, significantly increasing their chances of dying earlier.

With almost eight in ten adults reporting deteriorating mental health linked to the cost of living, and widespread burnout among the grassroots voluntary and community sector, children are more likely to experience unchecked mental health problems in the adults around them, whether parents, guardians or supporting organisations.

This exposure perpetuates their own anxiety or depression, leading to greater feelings of isolation and making them increasingly unlikely to engage with or take part in the community around them, according to further testimony provided to Buttle.

Creativity Research Journal - Benefits of Arts Engagement in Older Adults

There is growing evidence for the impact of arts engagement on later life cognition. This latest paper published in the Creativity Research Journal suggests that 1hr per week of active participation can improve executive function and language, while receptive arts activities could support better memory as well as executive function/language.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport - Participation Survey

The results of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Participation Survey covering the period from April 2022 to March 2023 have now been released provides. 

The survey provides nationally representative estimates of physical and digital engagement with the arts, heritage, museums & galleries, and libraries, as well as engagement with tourism, major events, live sports and digital. The survey started in October 2021 and is the key evidence source on engagement for the DCMS.

Department for Energy Security & Net Zero – Community Energy Fund

Rural and local communities will be supported in setting up local energy projects that will provide local jobs and deliver energy security, thanks to a new £10 million government fund.

Both urban and rural communities will have the chance to win a portion of a new £10 million Community Energy Fund - new government grant funding to help communities develop local renewable energy projects. The Community Energy Fund will open to applications in the early Autumn.

This funding will help to kickstart projects including small-scale wind farms and rooftop solar partnerships, as well as battery storage, rural heat networks, electric vehicle charging points, and fuel poverty alleviation schemes - all proposed, designed and owned by local people.

Whether in a remote village or city neighbourhood, the projects will deliver families and business with affordable, secure and clean home-grown energy, while helping homes to manage their own energy consumption to bring down costs and reduce fuel poverty.

Promoting local growth, surplus money generated from the schemes can go directly back to the community through funding local projects such as community gardens and youth employment groups.

The fund will act as a catalyst for attracting private investment to scale up projects further down the line, supporting high-quality jobs and growth in the area.

In turn, this will help deliver on the government’s ambitions to restore optimism and pride in local communities as we build a better future across the country.

East Sussex County Council – The State of the County

The State of the County report marks the start of the Council’s Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources (RPPR) process, its integrated business and financial planning cycle.

The report, refreshed every year, sets out the context and provides an overview of the latest position in preparation for more detailed planning for 2024/25 and beyond. It includes an evidence base to support decision-making but also to use in support of funding applications, Focus on East Sussex.

European Commission and UK Reach Political Agreement on Participation in Horizon Europe and Copernicus

It has been confirmed that the UK will associate to the Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes through a bespoke new agreement with the EU.

As of 1st January 2024, researchers and organisations in the UK will be able to participate in Horizon Europe on par with their counterparts in EU Member States and will have access to Horizon Europe funding. Association to Copernicus will enable the UK's contribution to a strategically important space programme with a state-of-the art capacity to monitor the Earth and to access its services.

The UK will also have access to services from the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking, a component of the EU Space Programme.

Overall, it is estimated that the UK will contribute almost €2.6 billion per year on average for its participation to both Horizon Europe and the Copernicus component of the Space programme.

The political agreement must now be approved by EU Member States before being formally adopted in the EU-UK Specialised Committee on Participation in Union Programmes.

Veterans’ Foundation Temporarily Pauses Applications

The Veterans’ Foundation has announced that it is installing a new Customer Relationship Management System (CRM) to make it easier for applicants to apply online and for grantees to submit monitoring reports. Whilst this is taking place, the existing application portal will be closed for new applications from 8 August 2023 until early September 2023.

The closing date for the Autumn funding round remains 23rd October with notification of decisions expected in mid-December 2023.

As part of this package of grant making improvements, the guidance notes will be updated, and the eligibility criteria revised. Applicants will need to refer to the guidance and criteria before making an application.

Applications are expected to open in early September with a deadline of 23rd October 2023.

Tel: 0333 999 3899                              

Email :

Young Entrepreneur Programme

Edeal has been awarded money from the UK Prosperity Fund to deliver The Young Entrepreneur Programme. 

The scheme offers opportunities for young people or fledging businesses to launch their business ideas at Street markets in Eastbourne.

The programme will offer a fully funded wrap around level of support from professional business advisors and market trainers to help guide the young people through the process every step of the way. The support offered includes: 

  • Initial one day workshop that will cover all the ins and outs of market trading and how to set-up a market business
  • 10 hours of 1 to 1 customised business training and support from an Edeal business advisor. This will include training on merchandising, customer service, social media, accounting and market trading
  • 1 to 1 ongoing support and training from myself with regards to setting up a market stall and ideas to help on market days
  • Fully funded logistical support – we’ll provide the market equipment, insurance and cover pitch fees for course participants. All the young people need to do is turn up with their product!
  • Ongoing market opportunities and support from experienced market traders

The course is completely free to participants aged 16-30, schools and colleges, and supports Gatsby Benchmarks 5 (encounters with employers and employees) and 6 (experience of the workplace). The workshops are fully funded to any school/college that wishes to host one.

The Programme will be running for two years and is taking signups for anyone who wishes to participate with the view to launching the first workshop in October 2023. If anyone wishes to find out more then please contact Luke Johnson.



National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme

The funding is intended to ensure continued access to specialist social welfare legal advice to some of the most marginalised communities in England and aims to transform lives, address systemic issues, and empower individuals, families, and communities in need by funding organisations working at the frontline.

There will be two funding rounds: 

  • Round one is focused on funding specialist legal advice organisations
  • Round two will prioritise funding to groups led by and for marginalised communities. These can be organisations delivering advice services, and/or those working closely with advice organisations to improve access for marginalised communities. Further information will be made available in Autumn 2023

A total of £30 million is being made available. It is anticipated that approximately 75 organisations will be granted funding over two funding rounds.

The amount of the grant will depend on the size of the organisation: 

  • Annual income above £250,000 - grants of up to £100,000 per annum - maximum grant of £500,000 over five years
  • Annual income between £150,000 - £250,000 - grants of up to £75,000 per annum – maximum grant of £375,000 over five years
  • Annual income below £150,000 - grants of up to £50,000 per annum – maximum grant of £250,000 over five years

Grants will run for five years from 2024 to 2029. Grants for the first round are expected to begin in March 2024.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must be: 

  • Registered with the Charity Commission
  • Working in England
  • Able to demonstrate a track record of delivering legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law:
    • Asylum
    • Community care
    • Debt
    • Disability
    • Discrimination
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Housing
    • Immigration
    • Mental health
    • Public and administrative law
    • Welfare benefits
  • Able to demonstrate a track record in delivering advice at specialist level including carrying out end-to-end casework for clients, carrying out representation in a court or tribunal and/or holding legal aid contract

The advice must relate to a legal problem or the resolution of a legal problem. Some examples are: 

  • Acting for a client in a homelessness or eviction case
  • Appealing a refusal of benefits (after the initial application)
  • Dealing with legal threats from creditors
  • Applying for debt relief orders/insolvency
  • Advising on immigration and asylum applications and appeals
  • Advice on employment rights or disputes
  • Challenging decisions of public bodies
  • Challenging cases of discrimination etc
  • Providing assistance and advocacy in Courts or Tribunals.

The aim is to improve access to high quality specialist advice for the people who need it most.

Multi-year core costs grants will be given to organisations who can help achieve the following outcomes: 

  • Advice to people from marginalised communities is sustained and improved
  • More people from marginalised communities are empowered to identify, understand and resolve their legal problems
  • Organisations have more capacity to engage in influencing, partnerships and fundraising work, which helps them meet the needs of their communities
  • Organisations are better able to demonstrate the difference they make to people’s lives

Examples of what can be funded include: 

  • Direct costs associated with delivering services - this can include project staff, materials, equipment, room hire, volunteer expenses and project evaluations
  • Organisational development - this can include business planning, testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance and leadership, tech or IT upgrades/purchases, developing and sharing impact and learning, and increasing capacity to support collaboration and partnership working
  • Core/fixed costs to support the day-to-day running of the organisation - this can include core salaries, rent, utilities, equipment
  • The funding is for organisations and not for projects

There is a two-stage application process:

Expressions of Interest to the first round are currently being accepted with a deadline of 15th September 2023 (4pm). Notification of decisions expected at the beginning of October 2023.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a second stage application which will open on 9th October and close on 17th November 2023. Notification of decisions is expected in December 2023.



East Sussex County Council - Community Wellbeing Fund and Crowdfund East Sussex

East Sussex County Council has teamed up again with Crowdfunder UK to award a share of £25,000 to community groups across the county who are making positive change.

The Council’s Community Wellbeing Fund awards up to £5,000 to local charities and community groups who are fundraising on Crowdfunder UK’s platform.

The Fund is for projects providing social equity, economic prosperity, cultural vitality, and environmental sustainability in East Sussex.  The Fund is particularly on the lookout for projects helping to address climate change or make it easier for communities to take-action for nature.

To be in with a chance of getting up to £5,000, organisations must set up a crowdfunding campaign by clicking 'start crowdfunding’ and apply to the East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund – Autumn 2023’ before 3rd  October.  Don't worry, this is just the first step and can be a rough draft! 

Crowdfunder will confirm if your project is eligible for the fund.   Eligible participants must set their project live by 23rd October.

Once your project is live, you’ll receive the £500 pledge from the council. This funding is available on a first come, first served basis, and the full amount will be subject to reaching a series of milestones: 

  • Milestone one: Raise a further £1,000 from the crowd, receive a £1,000 match funding pledge from East Sussex County Council
  • Milestone two: Raise a further £1,500 from the crowd, receive a £1,500 match funding pledge from East Sussex County Council
  • Milestone three: Raise a further £2,000 from the crowd, receive a £2,000 match funding pledge from East Sussex County Council

The deadline to apply to the  Community Wellbeing Fund is 3rd October.  

If you have any questions, please contact

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF) – Phase II

The government's Swimming Pool Support Fund (SPSF) provides a total of £60 million to local authorities in England as a support package for public leisure facilities with swimming pools. 

Sport England is administering the funding on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

Phase II is intended to: 

  • Improve the energy efficiency of facilities offering public swimming and support the leisure sector to transition to a position of environmental and financial sustainability
  • Minimise the closure of public swimming pool provision within local authority areas
  • Prevent gaps in public swimming provision emerging
  • Reduce carbon output of the public leisure sector over the medium to long term
  • Prioritise support in those areas of greatest socio-economic need (as evidenced by deprivation), where all other factors are equal

Phase II will fund eligible costs relating to capital investments that reduce swimming pool facilities’ energy usage.

Eligible costs include: 

  • Material costs
  • Installation costs associated with the intervention
  • Professional and technical project fees directly associated with the on-site construction/installation of the capital intervention
  • Reasonable enabling works to prepare the site for the capital project may be included in the applications provided they are directly linked to the core technologies being installed and these will be reviewed for value for money

Applications must be from a local authority in England that has at least one swimming pool that will benefit from improved energy efficiency because of this support and has applied for funding towards eligible costs.

Local authority applicants (unitary, metropolitan district, district, city and borough councils) are asked to co-ordinate a single submission to the fund on behalf of all publicly accessible swimming pools in their area and engage with operators, independent charitable organisations and other tiers of government (e.g. parish councils) managing public pools within their area.

It is expected that each successful local authority will receive a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £500,000 as a whole, for all the facilities included in their application.

Applicants do not need to have applied for Phase I to be eligible to apply for Phase II.

The deadline for submissions is 17th October 2023.

Tel: 03458 508508


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Coronation Living Heritage Fund (CLHF)

The Coronation Living Heritage Fund (CLHF) has been launched to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The overall goal of the fund is to enable more trees to be planted in non-woodland locations and close to where people live to provide a visible and lasting tribute to the King’s Coronation within local communities.

The fund is made up of two schemes: 

  • Coronation Micro Woods: to enable local authorities to plant miniature areas of woodland in urban areas
  • Coronation Community Orchards: to provide grants to local people and groups to establish community orchards

Local authorities in England are eligible for funding. Each local authority can apply for a grant from both schemes.

The tree officer or environmental team at these local authorities can also apply for funding on behalf of parish, community and town councils or community groups and parishes.

A total of £2.5 million is available.  The fund will award grants between £10,000 to £50,000 per project.

The deadline for applications is 26th September 2023.

Tel: 029 2279 0052                              


Department for Education (DfE) - Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Schools

The Department for Education (DfE) is interested in working with delivery partners to reduce the risk of surface water flooding to schools. In addition to reducing surface water flood risk to schools this could also reduce the strain on local drainage.

The DfE SuDS programme will consider contribution towards large, medium and small Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) projects and is interested in delivering incremental improvements in surface water flooding risk reduction / adaption across the estate.  

Partners shall work to achieve the following objectives: 

  • To reduce the surface water risk on school sites
  • To provide educational benefits on sustainability and climate change
  • To increase biodiversity on school sites through blue or green infrastructure, and
  • Successfully project manage the design and installation of agreed SuDs features on the school site.

Delivery of the SuDS in Schools project will be delivered in two phases: 

  1. Design of the SuDS features in line with the individual school requirements, and
  2. Installation of the agreed SuDS features

The following partners are eligible to apply: 

  • All state-funded schools in England
  • Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)
  • Water Company (WC)
  • Non-Profit Organisations

The DfE contribution amount will be based on their assessment of surface water risk to school sites, based on the Environment Agency data.

There is a match funding requirement to be eligible for this grant. 

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 13th October 2023.


Department of Health and Social Care - Suicide Prevention Grant Fund

Charities can now apply for the latest round of funding from the Suicide Prevention Grant Fund which will ensure as many people as possible can access the support and prevention services they need, when they need it. Funding will also help prevent people reaching crisis point and reduce future demand for these services across both the charity sector and the NHS.

The funding comes alongside a projected £13.6 billion investment by the NHS this year to continue to provide, expand and transform mental health services in England including NHS talking therapies, children and young people’s mental health services and eating disorder services.

Suicide is sadly the biggest cause of death in both men and women under the age of 35 in the UK, and there has been a noticeable increase in the last decade in the number of tragic suicides among women under the age of 25.

NHS crisis lines receive 200,000 calls per month and the Samaritans report receiving over 10,000 calls per day on average.

This latest round of government funding, however, could be used by the VCSE sector to boost capacity in crisis helplines – both for those struggling and for those who are concerned about a loved one – provide signposting to services, launch campaigns targeted at specific at-risk groups like young men, and also support families who have experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one by suicide.

The deadline for applications is 1155pm on 1st October 2023.

They will be holding online events to summarise and answer any queries about the application process. If you would like to find out about these, or have any other queries, email

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - UK Community Ownership Fund (Round 3 Window 2)

The UK Government’s £150 million, four-year Community Ownership Fund is accepting full applications which are open to groups that have been successful with their Expression of Interest. Groups that have not submitted an expression of interest and want to apply for this round must submit their expression of interest before 11th  September 2023.

The funding is intended to support community groups in taking ownership of at-risk assets and to provide essential renovations for assets already in community ownership, ensuring long-term sustainability for the benefit of the community.

The asset being saved through community intervention must either have a current or past community use. It could be at risk from closure, sales, neglect under current ownership, energy inefficiency that threatens long-term sustainable operations or an unsustainable current business model. Successful project that have been funded thus far include community centres, sporting and leisure facilities, pubs, cultural buildings and heritage buildings.

Incorporated voluntary and community organisations or parish, town and community councils can apply for: 

  • Capital funding of up to £2 million for all asset types. (It is expected that most awards will be for up to £250,000)
  • Revenue funding of no more than £50,000 or 20% of the total capital funding applied for, whichever is smaller

Applicants are required to provide at least 20% of their total project costs from other sources.

My Community, the official delivery partners for the Community Ownership Fund support programme, has published a number of different guides on their website which new applicants may wish to refer to.

Organisations can make an Expression of Interest (EOI) at any time. If they are successful, they will be invited to submit a full application, which they do not have to do immediately; however, they must submit their EOI at least three weeks before the closure of the bidding window in which they want to apply to allow time to receive feedback and then to submit their application.

There will be four bidding windows per year, so applicants will have an opportunity to apply approximately every three months until March 2025.

The current round (Round 3 Window 2) closes on 11th October 2023 (1159am, midday).

Tel: 030 3444 0000


Sussex Digital in Reach Team – Grants for Digital Social Care Records

Sussex Digital In Reach Team provides a free platform on which Care Providers across Sussex can access free advice and support on technology, digitalisation and data protection. They are run by the care providers for the care providers.

If your organisation falls under the category of a CQC registered social care provider in Sussex and is interested in integrating the digital social care record (DSCR) system, you might qualify for a grant designed to support your efforts. This supports the government's objective of ensuring that 80% of all CQC registered social care providers have access to the digital social care record by March 2024.

To learn more about the grant, assess your eligibility, and initiate the application process, please get in touch with Sarah at Sarah will furnish you with comprehensive details regarding the application procedure, requisite documentation, and submission deadlines. Additionally, she is available to assist you in completing the application form, enhancing your chances of securing the funding.

Trusts and Foundations

Armed Forces Families Fund - Early Years Programme

On behalf of the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, is offering grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects must clearly benefit Armed Forces families with a child under the age of 5 years by enhancing their access to high quality childcare. This could be done by, increasing the capacity in provision to meet an already known, or anticipated increase in demand, or to fund additional training and resources that will provide a clear benefit to children from Armed Forces families, who are aged 0-5 and not yet in school.

Applications will be accepted from: 

  • Early childhood education and childcare providers which operate either on Defence Estate (armed forces base, station unit or within the Patch) OR within 5 miles of where Armed forces families live or work
  • Local Authorities which wish to supply training to early childhood education and childcare providers who operate either on Defence Estate (armed forces base, station unit or within the Patch) OR within 5 miles of where Armed forces families live or work
  • An organisation, such as a registered charity, registered CIC, private limited company, which provides Childminder training for those working with Service Children near or on Defence Estate

Funding for projects on Defence Estates is to be used to create/and or improve the outdoor learning environment; access specialist equipment/and or training; help to meet additional costs to enable more Armed Forces families to access childcare or general training to enable more to access qualifications to work with young children from Armed Forces families; including Send and SENCO training and resources.

Funding for projects not on Defence Estates can help meet additional costs to enable more Armed Forces families to access childcare; access specialist training or general training to enable more to access qualifications to work with young children from Armed Forces families; including Send and SENCO training and resources.

Projects need to address one or both of the following themes: 

  • Accessibility/Availability
  • Training

Grants can be used to cover: 

  • Reasonable staff costs which are shown to be in addition to regular staffing
  • The costs of sessional workers to deliver specific interventions for children from Armed Forces families
  • The costs of training for skills enhancements for staff to deliver specific interventions for children from Armed Forces families
  • Resources such as arts and crafts and other learning materials
  • Enhancements to the learning environment such as smaller-scale refurbishments, such as adapting current spaces, and indoor and outdoor equipment, where this offers a clear benefit to meet specific needs of children from Armed Forces families
  • Reasonable overheads that are directly related to the project/programme of activities

There are two funding rounds.

The deadlines for applications are 5pm on 11th October 2023 and 12th January 2024.


Asda Foundation - Cost of Living Grant

The aim of the grant is to help local community groups cope with the increase in their running costs and the provision of warm banks is included. The priority themes for funding are: 

  • Increased rent and utility costs
  • Increase in food costs and other essentials
  • Volunteer-related costs

Grants between £400 and £1,600 are available.

For volunteer recruitment and training, essential training course costs is capped at £120 per person.

Local not-for-profit community groups based in the UK may apply.

The following criteria apply: 

  • The group must have a presence in and benefit the local community
  • The end beneficiaries must be community groups of people
  • There is no minimum timescale for how long the group has been in existence
  • There is no income limits for organisations

Groups can apply for a Cost of Living Grant in addition to one other grant or Green Token Giving offered by Asda Foundation.

Project and running costs are supported and eligible costs for each theme include (but not limited to): 

  • Increase in rent/utility bills
  • Volunteer support
  • Increase in food costs and other essentials

Combination applications are accepted e.g. extended opening times of a community cafe.

The closing date for applications is 3rd November 2023.

Application forms are only available from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda superstores.

Applicants are advised to apply early and check the Asda website for deadline updates as if the budget cap is reached, the fund will close.

Groups should contact their local Asda Community Champion for further information.

Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Trust aims to give grants to those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are the most limited. 

Each year, the Trust focuses on a different set of priorities. The current round is focused on projects relating to children and young people in care and care leavers across the UK.

Registered and exempt charities with a minimum operating income of £1 million can apply for grants of £5,000.    (Please note the Trust does not give grants for any other type of not-for-profit organisation, social enterprise or community foundation).

Charities may only apply for one grant per calendar year.

In 2024, the Trust’s focus will be on disability. More details will be published later this year.

The deadline to apply for this round is 30th September 2023.


Castle Studies Trust

The Castle Studies Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 to support the production of new and discrete pieces of research that enhance the understanding and knowledge of castles.

Grants will initially focus on new work on castles, such as architectural and geophysical surveys, radio-carbon dating, or projects that enhance the general public’s understanding of castles.

Each project should be for a specific, achievable result that will help advance the field of castle studies. Types of work that can be funded include but are not limited to: 

  • Site-based survey work
  • Scientific tests on objects or materials from a castle site, such as radio-carbon dating
  • A review of historical sources. (Only as part of a Castle Studies Trust-funded project.)
  • Reconstruction drawings and other pieces of work that would help public understanding of a castle site

The fund will cover costs specific to carrying out research and site work, such as travel to and from a castle site, equipment costs, or services provided by a third party. Funding can be used to co-fund large-scale projects.

The Trust's focus for projects is on sites not managed by major heritage bodies but will consider applications on sites managed by such organisations, especially free-to-access ones, subject to meeting strict criteria available from the chair of trustees.

The deadline for applications is 1st December 2023.


Commonweal Housing - Call for New Ideas focusing on the Criminal Justice System

Commonweal Housing, an independent social justice charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing-based solutions to social injustice, is offering grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to carry out a short-term feasibility study to evaluate a housing and support model tackling issues facing vulnerable individuals who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK may apply. They do not need to be experts in housing or have experience in delivering housing projects. However, they do need to demonstrate their understanding of the issue they are seeking to address and they should ‘own the problem and own the solution’ in terms of a commitment to see positive change.

Please note, funding is not available for projects which currently exist or are already in development. Successful applicants who have already completed a substantial amount of feasibility research for their ideas will be invited to share this research and discuss the next steps for developing their idea into a pilot project.

Ideas should be imaginative and creative. This could be in terms of the delivery of the project or the client group, who may have been previously overlooked.

There is particular interest in project ideas from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led and BAME-focused organisations.

The deadline to apply is 29th September 2023 (5pm).

Tel: 0207 7417 1766


Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund - Community Food Projects

Crowdfunder’s match funding initiative supports registered Charities, registered community benefit organisations and registered social enterprises and charity companies across the UK to tackle food poverty relating to the cost of living crisis.

The Cost of Living Emergency Fund awards up to £5,000 to community organisations that are helping to tackle food poverty in their local area.  The funding is for revenue costs and could be used for projects such as the following (not limited to): 

  • Supporting the creation or continuation of foodbanks
  • Providing support to those helping to provide free meals for children during the summer holidays
  • Providing food budgeting or food education support to those in financial difficulties
  • Reducing food waste and therefore food costs through community fridge creation/continuation

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be able to deliver the outcome of this crowdfunding campaign by 31st December 2023
  • Be raising funds for running costs only
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months

Priority will be given to organisations which are new to crowdfunding. The funder is seeking to ensure funding is distributed equitably, particularly in terms of geographic location and types of beneficiaries.

Every donation made towards the project will be matched up to £250. If, for example, the project receives a donation of £20, an additional £20 will be added. If the project receives a donation of £600 then it will receive an additional £250. Only one donation per supporter will be matched.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder where they can find the terms and conditions and criteria.

The fund will close when all the funding is allocated.


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The funding is intended for projects with the following aims: 

  • Improving the natural world
  • Securing a fairer future
  • Strengthening the bonds in communities in the UK

The focus is on work that will deliver the greatest long-term impact and create change for the future. 

The work should be: 

  • Driving change for the future by breaking new ground or using tried and tested models to push things forward in a new way
  • Ambitious and aiming to make a difference over the long-term

The minimum grant size is £30,000.

Applicants should apply for the amount that they need. The Foundation makes grants across a fairly wide spectrum of sizes.

Most grants are for three years or longer.

There is no minimum or maximum terms for grants; most grants are, however, for 3 to 5 years

Charities and organisations that are undertaking work that is legally charitable in the UK can apply.

Organisations must have a regular annual turnover of at least £100,000 and must be properly constituted.

Organisations that are not registered charities will need to provide a copy of their constitution have good governance (at least three directors, the majority of whom should not be paid employees).

The applicant organisation should be leading the way itself, or part of a partnership or collaboration which is aiming for transformative change.

The Foundation offers project/core and unrestricted grants to organisations delivering work which aligns with one or more of the following programmes: 

  • Our Natural World - Ensuring that the natural world is restored and protected, and that people benefit from that recovery
  • A Fairer Future – Making changes to systems and structures, while building the power and capacity of people and organisations
  • Creative, Confident Communities - Strengthening the bonds in communities, helping local people to build vibrant, confident places where they can fulfil their creative, human, and economic potential

To apply for funding, organisations first need to complete the eligibility quiz available on the Foundation’s website to determine if their organisation meets the minimum criteria for support. 

If they are eligible, organisations can then submit an Expression of Interest and will hear back from the Foundation within four weeks.  The Foundation will discuss the proposal with the organisation and will invite them to submit a full proposal if the project is a good fit.

The Foundation is hosting a pre-application Q&A webinar via Zoom on 27th September 2023 (3pm to 4pm). Registration is required. 

Tel: 020 7812 3700


FIFA Foundation Community Programme

The funding is intended to assist established non-profit organisations in using football as a means to address various social issues affecting young people, including education, health, peacebuilding, refugees, leadership, and gender equality. This support is provided through the annual FIFA Foundation Community Programme, which aims to improve the lives of underprivileged individuals worldwide.

Programme participants are able to apply for funding of up to £23,800 ($30,000) to help support football-related projects and initiatives within the communities in which they run.

Applications will be accepted from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide operating football-related projects.

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be a legal and registered entity with non-governmental status
  • Be politically and religiously independent and not-for-profit
  • Be committed to transparent practices
  • Be direct implementers of the proposed activities that use football to address social issues and provide development opportunities for vulnerable people
  • Present proposals that include activities that take place regularly
  • Be financially sustainable and have a long-term approach

The programme seeks to engage NGOs in a variety of initiatives that contribute to good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, no poverty, reduced inequalities, peace, justice and strong institutions, and the promotion of decent work and economic growth.

NGOs are encouraged to showcase how they use football to tackle social issues and bring about positive social change.

The deadline for 2024 programme applications is 15th September 2023.

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
FIFA Strasse 20
PO Box 8044 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0) 43 222 7777

Glaziers Trust – Conservation Grants

The Glazier Trust supports the preservation, conservation and/or restoration of stained glass of particular significance or exceptional artistic merit. That is, stained glass or other artistic glazing designed by an artist or architect of some note; made by a studio or workshop of some distinction; or of some particular rarity and/or connection with important personages or historical events (such as most surviving medieval stained glass).

There are no restrictions as to historical period, and applications concerning Victorian and twentieth-century stained glass are welcomed.

The Trust awards up to £6,000. Grants are restricted to stained and/or painted glass; artistically designed plain and/or decorative glazing; support systems, ie leading, saddle bars, fixing etc., and protective-conservation glazing.

Churches and public bodies in the UK may apply for funding as long as their stained glass is accessible to the public.

Intending applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Marie Groll before submitting an application, in order to receive preliminary guidance and support.

Applications must be received by 2nd October 2023.  

Tel: 07811 106264


HDH Wills Charitable Trust

The Trust has three funds

  • General Grants: supports smaller charities with general charitable activities across a range of issues as well as charities focusing on the conservation of wildlife and the environment
  • Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust grants: supports the conservation and maintenance - for the benefit of the public - of the natural environment and its indigenous woodland flora and fauna with particular reference to the conservation and maintenance of the character and amenity of rural areas
  • Large Grants: supports activities pertaining to environmental and wildlife issues only. (These grants are offered in fixed seven-year cycles, of which only two years are open to external applications)

The following funding is available:

Small grants 

  • £250-£500 to general charities, which are small enough in size or are applying for support for a modest project such that the charity will benefit substantially from a donation
  • £1,000-£2,000 (though occasionally up to £5,000) to wildlife and conservation charities

Large grants typically in the range of £5,000-£50,000 to support wildlife and environmental causes.

To be eligible applicants must be either a: 

  • General charity that is small enough in size or is applying for support for a modest project, such that the grant will have a meaningful impact
  • Wildlife conservation/environmental charity

Grants may be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure.

For small grant applications from general charities, it is important that the charity is small enough in size or is applying for support for a modest project, to ensure that the grant will have a meaningful impact.

Applications for small and general grants may be submitted at any time, with decisions being made by the Grants Committee every month.

Large grants are made in a fixed seven-year cycle, with applications accepted in only two years of that cycle. The current large grants round will be accepting applications until December 2024.

Tel: 01608 678051 


The Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation awards grants to charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards. 

The Foundation supports projects costs for activities involving: 

  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Those living with a physical or mental disability
  • The elderly and terminally ill
  • Other social welfare projects e.g. carers, homeless, ex-offenders

Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held four times a year.

Submissions should be received at least six weeks before the meeting. 

The next closing date for applications to be considered at the November meeting is 27th September 2023.


Heritage Crafts – Endangered Crafts Fund

Heritage Crafts has received funding from Sussex Heritage Trust to provide a grant of up to £2,000 through the Heritage Crafts’ Endangered Crafts Fund, which was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation.

Heritage Crafts published the fourth edition of its ground breaking Red List of Endangered Crafts in May this year, the first research of its kind to rank the UK’s traditional crafts by the likelihood that they will survive into the next generation. The report assessed 259 crafts to understand those at greatest risk of disappearing. Sadly, four were classified as ‘extinct’, 84 as ‘endangered’ and a further 62 as ‘critically endangered’.

As a result of this alarming threat to our cultural heritage, Heritage Crafts set up its Endangered Crafts Fund in 2019. Nationally, 59 grants have been awarded through the Fund since 2019.

Applicants based in Sussex can apply for a grant for any amount up to £2,000 which can cover or contribute towards: 

  • Training to learn a new craft or technique
  • Training for an apprentice to pass on skills and knowledge
  • Investing in more efficient tools and machinery
  • Developing reduced-carbon routes to market
  • Exploring the use of alternative materials while maintaining the heritage character of your practice or
  • Innovative approaches to supporting and promoting endangered crafts

Only crafts listed as endangered or critically endangered on the 2023 edition of the Red List of Endangered Crafts are eligible. In addition to the funding recipients will also receive support from the Endangered Crafts Manager and the Heritage Crafts team to ensure that their project is a success. This will be unique to each project but could include mentor support, business support or signposting to other opportunities.

The closing date to apply is Friday 6th October 2023. In addition to the Sussex grant there are also grants available in the rest of the UK.


Ironmongers Company Grants Programme

Ironmongers Company grants programme awards grants up to £10,000 to Registered charities (including Schools registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25.

Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.

Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches to disseminate the outcomes to a wider audience.

The next closing date for applications is 15th December 2023.

Tel:  020 7776 2311


Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme is due to re-open for applications on 18th September 2023.

The programme offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools to set up Breakfast clubs for those children in most need. 

Priority will be given to schools that have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals or that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Only one grant per school in each academic year will be available.

Kellogg’s has teamed up with Forever Manchester to manage the scheme across the UK.

Tel: 0161 214 0940


KFC Youth Foundation

The KFC Youth Foundation, recently rebranded from the KFC Foundation, offers grants of up to £2,500 to not-for-profit groups with a turnover of less than £300,000 and that have existed for at least 12 months.

The Foundation considers applications from registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities that are located near a KFC restaurant and which: 

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old
  • Supports those in a position of economic disadvantage (including one of the following: care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, refugees, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system)
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of KFC funding being received

Please note, the funding will not support uniformed groups, generic youth work activities or curricular activities that take place during the school day.

There is a two-stage application process: 

Expression of Interest: Applicants should first submit a two-minute video about their organisation.  Applicants should then complete and submit an Expression of Interest form, via the link on the KFC Foundation’s website.

Successful groups will be notified of their outcome and invited to complete a full application.

Guidance notes are available on the KFC Foundation’s website.

The deadline for application is 24th September 2023.


Linnean Society – Our Local Nature Grant Scheme

Linnean Society awards up to £1,000 for community organisations linked with young people to deliver projects and activities that engage young people with local nature and natural spaces.

Through the Our Local Nature Grant Scheme, groups can deliver innovative projects that are designed and led by young people, that aim to increase access to local natural spaces and encourage a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature, such as: 

  • Running a school festival about nature
  • Painting community murals showcasing biodiversity in the area
  • Building or restoring a community garden
  • Creating a nature walk
  • Hiring a speaker to come and talk about local foraging

Grants can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project-specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport, or other costs of activities/events.

The deadline for applications is 22nd  October.

Tel: 020 7434 4479


Magic Little Grants Fund

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to launch or deliver their services.

One-off grants of up to £500 are available in 2023.

To access the Magic Little Grants Fund, applicants must: 

  • Be eligible to join Localgiving by
    • Having charitable aims that are not solely for the advancement of religion
    • Operating on local/regional community initiatives and not be a national charity
    • Having a UK bank account in the group’s name
  • Have an annual income under £250,000 or be in their first year of operation

The following organisations can apply: 

  • Registered charities with the Charity Commission for England & Wales
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs)
  • Social enterprises
  • Other not-for-profit community organisations
  • Charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools

This year's funding aims to support projects that address the following themes: 

  • Providing support to improve mental health
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Enabling participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors

Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

Applications will be accepted until 31st October 2023.

Tel: 0300 111 2340 


Music for All

Music for All, a UK charity that promotes music making has launched the third funding round of its Community Project Funding Programme.

The funding is open to schools, community groups, and individuals. The funding can be used to purchase instruments, provide music lessons, organise music workshops and events, record and produce music, and promote music education in schools and communities.  Grants range up to £5,000, depending on the type of grant applied for.

The funding was introduced to support music education and music-making opportunities for disadvantaged young people and communities.

Music for All believes that music can have a positive impact on mental health, loneliness, and isolation, and that it can help to nurture talent and creativity. 

The application closing date is 27th October 2023. (1159 pm)

Tel: 01403 628892


National Garden Scheme - Community Gardens Grants

The funding is for gardening projects carried out within local communities.

There is no fixed amount, but awards are usually between £1,000 and £5,000.

The funding is only available to projects run by amateur gardeners within community groups or Community Interest Companies (CICs).

The funding is for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The project should aim to bring a community together by creating a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Funding could cover expenses such as: 

  • Site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators).
  • Hand tools
  • Plants
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Containers
  • Seating

The next application round (funding in 2024) is expected to open for applications on 2nd October and close on 13th November 2023.

Tel: 01483 213905


Ofenheim Charitable Trust

The Ofenheim Charitable Trust provides grants for charitable organisations active in East Sussex for general charitable purposes.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The Trust made charitable grants of around £445,000 last year.

The grants tend to be in the range of £2,500 to £14,000 with the majority between £2,500 and £6,000.

UK registered charities based and working in East Sussex can apply.

Applications are accepted at any time.

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

Ofenheim Charitable Trust
Baker Tilly
The Pinnacle
170 Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 1BP

Tel: 01908 687800

Ogden Trust - Local School Partnerships

The Ogden Trust has announced that its School Partnerships programme has re-opened for applications. The programme provides funding and support to groups of schools that collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics.  

The programme is open to both primary and secondary schools, and ideally a mix of both. It includes teacher professional development opportunities and provides funding to schools over five years.

The Ogden Trust will give priority to schools located in areas of social and economic disadvantage. Partnerships can include a combination of primary and secondary schools.

In previous years, grants of up to £2,500 per academic year for the first three years and £1,000 in the fourth year have been available for activities related to enhancing the teaching and learning of physics.

The expression of interest deadline is 1st February 2024.

Tel: 020 8634 7470


Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Annual Teacher Development Fund

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is now inviting applications for the 2024 funding round of its Teacher Development Fund to promote partnerships between primary schools and arts/cultural organisations in the UK. 

Each year around eight grants of £165,000 are awarded to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and six to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years, and participate in a programme of activities to support peer networking and learning.

Each partnership must include one or more arts/cultural organisations. PHF expect that a minimum of six and a maximum of ten schools will be involved in each project, regardless of whether the lead applicant is either an arts/cultural organisation or a school. Each participating school should commit at least two teachers and one senior leader to the project, though flexibility can be offered to small, rural schools.

Lead applicants may be: 

  • Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profits companies active in the arts
  • Primary schools and academies operating in the state sector

Projects should align with at least one of the following priorities: 

  • Supporting the needs of pupils experiencing inequity
  • Embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Exploring blended Continued Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) models
  • Strong partnerships between arts/cultural organisations and schools

Grants will support both activity costs and core organisational costs which relate directly to the project.

The funding is not available for independent schools or secondary schools.

The deadline to apply is 13th November 2023 at 12 noon.

Tel: 020 7812 3300


Randal Charitable Foundation

This fund aims to support work connected to health, mental health, addiction, poverty, education, and social disadvantage.

Both small scale-grants (under £3,000) and larger-scale grants are available.

The Foundation supports one-off causes as well as projects that span over multiple years.

General funding may be provided for charities on a specific case-by-case basis.

Registered UK-based charities can apply.

Funding is for projects and activities that benefit the following: 

  • Children, young and elderly people
  • Individuals living with a disability
  • Individuals requiring healthcare assistance
  • People living with severe mental health issues
  • Those living in poverty and financial hardship
  • The socially disadvantaged
  • Those suffering from addiction
  • Other charities/voluntary organisations
  • General public

Funding is available for projects and activities that fall under the following categories: 

  • Health – such as:
    • Delivering food and medicines
    • Home care for elderly patients leaving the hospital
    • Support for people with critical illnesses, people with disabilities, and people suffering from loneliness
  • Mental health – such as:
    • Support for young people and families who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own, such as victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking
      • Suicide prevention
    • The prevention and relief of poverty
    • Social disadvantage – such as:
      • Helping older people who are isolated or have mobility issues
      • Post-hospital care
      • Educational support services for young people
    • Addiction – such as:
      • Work that focuses on tackling the root causes of addiction
      • Helping addicts to recover
        • Recovery support for families affected by drug use and addiction
      • Education – such as:
        • Work that helps young people recognise their worth and full potential, so they are equipped to build the skills and vision for their future success and employment

 Applications can be made at any time.


Sea-Changers Grant Programme

Sea-Changers aims to promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural marine environment and promote marine bio-diversity.

There is particular interest in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.

Two levels of funding are available: 

  • Small Grants programme - up to £500
  • Main Grants programme - between £500 and £2,500

Marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations , including schools, based and working in the UK are eligible to apply.

Organisations that have previously received funding can reapply, but generally only as long as it is for a new project.

Projects must take place within the UK and address one of the following objectives: 

  • To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK
  • To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species
  • To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK

All funding recipients will be expected to provide data and results from research projects undertaken as a result of SeaChangers grant funding to Sea-Changers and share with appropriate marine databases when completed.

The Small Grants Programme is currently open. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed regularly.

The Main Grants programme has two application rounds per year with deadlines of 31st March and 30th September.

Tel:  07909 897867


Southern Water Community Energy Grant

The funding is intended to support independently run community centres and spaces where activities such as local foodbanks, support groups and children’s programmes operate, with energy costs to help relieve the pressure they face staying open during the winter months.

A total of £20,000 is available.

Independently run community centres and spaces in Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can apply.

The grant is to support any energy or utility bill (not just water) that will help centres stay open and respond to community needs in the winter.

Applications open on 3rd October and close on 31st October 2023 (midnight).

A short application form will be available on the Southern Water website when the grant opens for applications.

Tel: 0330 303 0223

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - Safer in Sussex Community Fund

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SiSCF) assists community groups that help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex.   The Fund’s purpose is to support projects that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community. 

The fund awards up to £5,000 to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety.  Projects should link to the Commissioner’s Priorities for the Safer in Sussex Community Safety Fund as relates to the Sussex Police and Crime Plan 2021/2024.

Before applying please read the guidance criteria carefully to see whether the fund is right for you. Once you are ready, please complete the application form. If you have any questions please contact the Fund.

Applications for SiSCF will be accepted three times a year.   The next closing date is 6th October (5pm).

Tel: 07562 167269


Tabhair Charitable Trust

This fund aims to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged people through education, training, and personal advancement.

Grants typically range between £500 and £5,000.

Registered small to medium-sized charities that combine support services with an enterprising mission to improve social well-being and employment opportunities in the lives of the disengaged and disadvantaged can apply. 

Groups can apply once per year. 

Funding can be used for project or core costs (where core costs are requested, the maximum length of commitment considered would be three years). 

Applications can be submitted at any time. 

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following: 

Tabhair Charitable Trust
c/o Chiene and Tait
61 Dublin Street

Tesco Stronger Starts

Tesco Stronger Starts supports schools to apply for extra financial help they might need to provide healthy food and activities that boost young people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

The current focus of the programme is projects working in schools to provide healthy food and snacks to pupils and equipment for indoor and outdoor activities.

The scheme is open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.   (Please note, the scheme is not open to Community Interest Companies with shares (CIC’s), or Community Interest Companies with guarantee that are less than two years old). 

Tesco colleagues in each store will help select those needing a little help in your local area and when customers are given a blue token, in any of Tesco’s stores at the checkout, they can vote for their favourite charity to receive a grant.

Three levels of grants are awarded with projects receiving: 

  • First place (the most votes in its area) - a grant of up to £1,500
  • Second place - a grant of up £1,000
  • Third place - a grant of up to £500

Match funding is not required as the scheme can fund 100% of the total project costs. However, for applicants that have secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded

This is a rolling programme.  You can apply anytime.


Thomas Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust is offering grants up £10,000 for registered charities to deliver a broad range of projects and activities that achieve positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people.

The funding for this round is for new and innovative projects that will achieve positive impact under the Trust’s strategic priority, “Collaboration and Sustainability”.

Applications will be considered in the following areas: 

  • Infrastructure and impact – including developing technological capabilities, restructuring reviews, Theory of Change, feasibility studies, partnership working (including resource sharing) and integrations and mergers
  • Insights and research – gaps in data and evidence that can improve knowledge across the sector
  • Innovation Seed Fund – initial funding for ideas and projects which can have a transformative benefit to the lives of blind and partially sighted people

Grants can be used for: 

  • New staff posts
  • Paid training and upskilling
  • Professional fees e.g. consultants
  • Resource development, including printing, marketing, website design etc
  • Capital items. This could include physical assets, such as computers, but only where the capital items form part of the total cost of the project submitted

There is a two-stage application process. Groups must first submit an online expression of interest form before being invited to submit a full application.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30th September 2023.

Tel: 0208 9950 880                    


Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Registered Charities

The Thomas Wall Trust supports registered charities working to develop communication skills for people from disadvantaged groups who want to improve their employment prospects.  

As an inclusive charity, the Trust welcomes proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, such as women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support project or running costs The Trust will support annual repeat funding for up to three years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact.

The Trust prioritises: 

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future

The deadline to apply is 18th September 2023.

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact:

Grants Administrator
Thomas Wall Trust
8 Dowgate Hill

Funding Diary

September 2023

FIFA Foundation Community Programme – 15/09/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/09/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme – Expression of Interest - 15/09/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/09/2023

Warburtons - Families Matter Community Grants Programme – 15/09/2023

PRS for Music Foundation – Beyond Borders – 18/09/2023

Thomas Wall Trust – 18/09/2023

Which? Fund – 18/09/2023

Defra Landscape Recovery Scheme – 21/09/2023

Lloyd's Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Local Collaborations Programme – Expression of Interest – 22/09/2023

KFC Youth Foundation – 24/09/2023

Coronation Living Heritage Fund – 26/09/2023

Hedley Foundation – 27/09/2023

Commonweal Housing - 29/09/2023

Department for Transport – Reach for the Sky Fund – 29/09/2023

Fat Beehive Foundation – Equality and Diversity – 29/09/2023

Fidelio Charitable Trust – 29/09/2023

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity – 29/09/2023

Veolia Sustainability Fund – 29/09/2023

Association of Independent Museums (AIM) - Collections Care Audits – 30/09/2023

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – 30/09/2023

Ellis Campbell Foundation – Youth Power and Leadership Grants – 30/09/2023

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation – 30/09/2023

Patagonia International Environmental Grants – 30/09/2023

Sea-Changers Grant Programme – Main  Grants – 30/09/2023

Southover Manor Trust – 30/09/2023

Thomas Pocklington Trust – 30/09/2023


October 2023

Department of Health and Social Care - Suicide Prevention Grant Fund – 01/10/2023

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/10/2023

Glazier Trust Conservation Grants – 02/10/2023

Sussex Lund Grants Programme – 03/10/2023

Armed Forces Families Fund  - Research Grants – 06/10/2023

Heritage Crafts Association - Endangered Crafts Fund – 06/10/2023

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner - Safer in Sussex Community Fund – 06/10/2023

Friends Provident Foundation – Building a 4D Economy Grants Programme – 09/10/2023

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards – Full Stage – 09/10/2023

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme – 11/10/2023

Department for Education – Sustainable Drainage Systems in Schools – 13/10/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund – 16/10/2023

Swimming Pool Support Fund – 17/10/2023

Hubbub - Time after Time e-waste Fund - Expression of Interest – 20/20/2023

The Royal Countryside Fund - Supporting Rural Communities Programme – 20/10/2023

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation – 23/10/2023

Veterans' Foundation – 23/10/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 27/10/2023

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 27/10/2023

Rowing Foundation – 30/10/2023

Edgar E Lawley Foundation – 31/10/2023

Magic Little Grants Fund - 31/10/2023

Southern Water Community Energy Grant – 31/10/2023


November 2023

7stars Foundation – 01/11/2023

People's Postcode Lottery - Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants – 10/11/2023

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities Fund – 13/11/2023

National Garden Scheme - Community Gardens Grants – 13/11/2023

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Teacher Development Fund – 13/11/2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Grants over £250,000 - 16/11/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme – Full Application – 17/11/2023

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children – 19/11/2023


December 2023

Castle Studies Trust – 01/12/2023

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Tropical Rainforests – 01/12/2023

Tree Council - Branching Out Fund – 03/12/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Force for Change – 13/12/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/12/2023

International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme – 15/12/2023

Ironmongers Company grants programme – 15/12/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2023


January 2024

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/01/2024

Fat Beehive Foundation – Art and Culture - 05/01/2024

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme – 12/01/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/01/2024

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) Grants for England – 26/01/2024

Patagonia International Environmental Grants – 31/01/202


February 2024

Ogden Trust – Local School Partnerships  - 01/02/2024


March 2024

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Marine Programme – 01/03/2024

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2024


April 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/04/2024


July 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024